01/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the January-February 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)
For too many years, in response to pressure from Congress, the Postal Service has slowed mail service, closed community-based post offices and mail processing facilities, slashed hours of operations, tried to end six-day and door-to-door delivery service, and eliminated hundreds of thousands of living-wage jobs.
On Nov. 8, APWU Des Moines Area Local and the Des Moines BMC Local (Iowa) held an informational picket in front of the downtown processing and distribution center to send a resounding message to postal management: Postal Workers Want First-Class Service for the People!
11/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the November-December 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)
"Save and enhance the U.S. Postal Service” was the overwhelming spirit of the community field hearings held around the country by A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service. A wide range of speakers reaffirmed the need for a public postal system and rejected privatization, while recognizing that changes must be undertaken to bring the USPS fully into the 21st century.
09/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the Sept-Oct 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)
All over the country, public sector unions and their community allies are beginning to think outside the box when it comes to collective bargaining. The new strategy, called Bargaining for the Common Good, seeks to forge coalitions that can use the leverage of collective bargaining to benefit the broader community. Furthermore, community involvement puts more pressure on the employer to act on the shared demands.
Truth Exposed in New Report by the Economic Policy Institute
08/31/2017 - Postal workers know first-hand that union jobs are good jobs. Unions help workers join together and bargain with their employer for better wages, benefits and working conditions. However, unions also stand up for the rights of workers who are not currently in a union. They are a rising tide that lifts all boats.
07/20/2017 - Following strong resistance from the APWU - and the National Postal Mail Handlers Union (NPMHU) - USPS management agreed to a five-month delay in implementing forced reassignments and excessing of employees out of their installations.
06/22/2017 - On June 21, the APWU and National Postal Mail Handlers Union (NPMHU) sent a joint letter to Postmaster General Megan Brennan chastising her administration’s “wholesale and massive job cuts.” APWU President Mark Dimondstein and NPMHU President Paul Hogrogian explained, “The cutting of an already skeletal workforce will not only cause massive disruption to the workforce but will cause further degradation of postal services for the American people throughout the country.”
On June 13, APWU members received the 2017 Jobs With Justice Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award for the victorious Stop Staples campaign. The award honored the memberships’ successful efforts to save good union jobs and fight back against efforts to privatize retail postal services.